Reflect: An Interactive Table for Regulating Face-to-Face Collaborative Learning

  • Khaled Bachour
  • Frédéric Kaplan
  • Pierre Dillenbourg
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5192)


In face-to-face collaborative learning, unbalanced participation often leads to the undersirable result of some participants experiencing lower learning outcomes than others. Providing feedback to the participants on the level of their participation could have a positive effect on their ability to self-regulate, leading to a more balanced collaboration. We propose a new approach for providing this feedback that takes the shape of a meeting table with a reactive visualization displayed on its surface. The meeting table monitors the collaborative interaction taking place around it using embedded microphones and displays a real-time feedback to the participants on an array of LEDs, inviting them to balance their collaboration. We report on an ongoing study that currently shows a positive effect our table has on group regulation.


Collaborative Learning Roomware Ubiquitous Computing Interactive Furniture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khaled Bachour
    • 1
  • Frédéric Kaplan
    • 1
  • Pierre Dillenbourg
    • 1
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology CRAFTLausanneSwitzerland

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